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Biographical info on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Monday - 8/5/2013, 6:42pm  ET

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks in Santa Monica, Calif. Bezos plans to buy The Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

The Associated Press

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million. Bezos is buying the newspaper as an individual. Besides Amazon, Bezos also has a company devoted to space travel. Here are some biographic details on Bezos.

NAME: Jeff Bezos

BORN: Jan. 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, N.M.

AGE: 49

OCCUPATION: founder, CEO of Amazon.com Inc.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Princeton summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1986 in electrical engineering and computer science.

CAREER: After college, Bezos held jobs at several Wall Street companies, including the quantitative hedge fund D.E. Shaw. Bezos left the hedge fund in 1994 to start what became Amazon.com. In 2000 he founded Blue Origin to develop a vertical takeoff and landing rocketship that would fly passengers to suborbital space.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS: Named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 1999.

NET WORTH: Bezos' has amassed a $25 billion fortune, based on the most recent estimates by Forbes magazine.


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